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Leading teams: Beating the summertime blues

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Summer can be a trying time for managers. A number of problems seem to get worse — absenteeism, tardiness, inattention. People go on vacation and then come back feel­ing out of touch with their work and their co-workers. But effective managers and enterprises take steps to keep productivity up to par dur­ing the warm season. Here are some approaches that can help you:

Supervise with summer in mind. Anticipate the changes the vacation season brings. Plan ahead as you schedule around worker absences: Who can cover for whom? What can be put off for a while? What needs doing ahead of time? Be prepared for confusion about tempo­rary work assignments, worries about leaving important work in someone else's hands, and concerns about being behind when people get back.

Hold more regular status meet­ings. Things can fall apart rapidly during vacation time, so it's important to keep everyone well informed about what's expected and what...(register to read more)

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